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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Star Bulk Receives Third Vessel

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has taken delivery of the M/V Star Kappa (ex E Duckling), a 52,055-dwt Supramax vessel built in 2001 in Japan. Star Kappa is an addition to the initial fleet, was acquired for $72m and is the third vessel to be delivered to the company following the completion of the Redomiciliation Merger. Star Kappa has a Time Charter employment contract at a gross daily rate of USD 47,800 with earliest expiration date of September 23, 2010.

Harvey to Construct Third Vessel

Harvey Gulf International has signed an agreement with a Louisiana shipyard to build a third vessel, which will measure 135 x 40 x 21 ft., and will be powered by two EMD Turbos with Kort nozzles. The vessel will be a sistership to the company's M/V Harvey Titan, which was delivered in February 1998. The company, which has intentions to construct two more vessels still in the design stage, signed an additional contract during January for the construction of two 150 x 47 x 21 ft.vessels.

Swedish Coast Guard Orders Third Vessel

In December 2005 the Swedish Coast Guard awarded Damen the newbuilding contract for two state-of-the-art 81-metre Coast Guard Vessels. Construction of these vessels is currently taking place at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and delivery for the first vessel is scheduled for the summer of 2008, the second vessel will follow towards the end of 2008. The contract included an option for a third vessel; this option has now been exercised. The third vessel is specially designed and equipped to perform chemical recovery duties and is provided with very sophisticated equipment which enables the vessel to combat abroad range marine accidents involving fire, hazardous gasses, explosion danger and chemical disasters. The capabilities of this multi purpose vessel makes it unique in the world.

Vard, Nordic American Offshore Sign LOI for PSV Builds

Image courtesy of Vard

Vard Holdings Limited announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Nordic American Offshore Ltd. for the design and construction of two Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), and an option for a third vessel. The vessels are of VARD 1 08 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. The hulls of the vessels will be built at Vard Braila in Romania. Delivery is scheduled from Vard Aukra in Norway in 2Q and 3Q 2015. The LOI is valid until the end of 2Q 2014, with the option for the third vessel expiring at end-July 2014. vard.com  

Stena Bulk To Invest In VLCCs

Sweden's Stena Bulk will reportedly invest in and manage two new VLCC tankers being built in Japan for Golden Ocean Group, and has an option on a third vessel. Stena Bulk expects to take delivery of the first two vessels in the beginning of November. The company will take a financial stake in the 300,000-dwt ships over an initial five-year period, equivalent to 30 percent stakes in the ships after five years. The deal originated from an approach by Golden Ocean's bankers to take part in the financial restructuring after the company had initially said it would charter the ships to Stena. The option on the third vessel will be decided in the next few weeks. It is possible further deals could be done with Golden Ocean, Stena Bull officials said.

Harvey To Construct Third Vessel

Harvey Gulf International has signed an agreement with a Louisiana shipyard to build a third vessel that will measure 135 x 40 x 21 ft. (41.1 x 12.1 x 6.4 m), and will be powered by two EMD Turbos with Kort nozzles. The vessel will be a sistership to the company's MV Harvey Titan, which was delivered in February 1998. The company, which has intentions to construct two more vessels that are still in the design stage, signed an additional contract during January for the construction of two 150 x 47 x 21 ft. (45.7 x 14.3 x 6.4 m) vessels.

Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Third Vessel

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Star Kappa (ex E Duckling), a Supramax vessel of 52,055 dwt built in 2001 in Japan. Star Kappa is an addition to the initial fleet, was acquired for USD 72 million and is the third vessel to be delivered to the Company following the completion of the Redomiciliation Merger. Star Kappa has a Time Charter employment contract at a gross daily rate of USD 47,800 with earliest expiration date of September 23, 2010. Star Bulk has agreed to acquire a total of nine dry bulk vessels including two Capesize, one Panamax and six Supramax vessels. As of today, the company has taken delivery of three Supramax vessels. The remaining six vessels are scheduled for delivery by mid-January 2008, as per the table below.

Freight-only Volumes Boost Seatruck Third Vessel Success

Freight ferry operator Seatruck Ferries has seen a significant 45 percent year-on-year increase in volume on its Heysham – Warrenpoint service since the introduction of a third vessel in July 2005. The Challenge joined the Seatruck fleet on a two-year charter in July, allowing an additional 25,000 units per year to take advantage of the specialist freight route. The Challenge joined ferries Moondance and Riverdance to increase schedule frequency from 2 to 3 sailings per day in each direction. Seatruck expects volumes to reach 85,000 units per year. The extra sailings accommodate demand while Seatruck is awaiting its two new purpose-built larger ro-ros, due to enter service in 2007.

FLEX LNG Orders Third LNG Vessel

FLEX LNG ordered its third 90,000 cubic meter (3.1 MMcf) SPB liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel this year from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel will be identical to the two others ordered in March of this year. The third vessel is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2011. [Source: http://www.energycurrent.com]

Seatruck Ferries Adds Third Vessel

Seatruck Ferries is to introduce a third vessel onto to its Heysham - Warrenpoint service in the summer of 2005. Lembitu, to be renamed Challenge, will join the Seatruck fleet on a two-year charter, allowing an additional 25,000 units per year to take advantage of the specialist freight route. With a capacity of 65 units and a service speed of 16.5 knots, the Challenge is well proven on the Irish Sea and will join the Moondance and Riverdance to increase schedule frequency from 2 to 3 sailings per day in each direction. The additional sailings will be timed to ideally fit the needs of the Irish Sea transport industry. Seatruck expect volumes to increase to 85,000 units per year.

WSDOT Awards Bid for Additional 64-Car Ferries

Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division (WSF) announced on Oct. 13, that it is awarding a contract to Todd Pacific Shipyards to build two additional 64-car ferries. Todd Shipyards submitted a $114m bid on Thursday, October 8 to build two more 64-car ferries. With the contract award, Todd will begin constructing the second and third ferries in this new class of vessels. WSF awarded a contract to Todd to construct the first 64-car ferry in December 2008. That vessel is under construction and scheduled to go into service on the Port Townsend/Keystone route in late-summer 2010. “This contract award is expected to sustain nearly 400 family wage jobs,” said. Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Damen Delivers Survey Vessel to Fugro

Fugro Frontier (Photo: Damen)

Three months after its last delivery, Fugro has received the third of a series of three Fugro Offshore Coastal Survey Vessels (FOCSV) being built by Damen on December 12, 2014. Like her sisters, Fugro Frontier is a compact, diesel-electric FOCSV designed for a variety of tasks. However, Fugro Frontier has benefited from tailoring to the conditions she will meet in its chosen market off the coast of Africa. All three have an advanced design capable of taking on geotechnical work, environmental baseline surveys, moon pool deployment plus monitoring and inspection duties.

Washington State Christens New Ferry Suquamish

Washington State’s new ferry Squamish was christened at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, on January 4. (Photo: WSDOT)

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) christened Suquamish, its fourth Olympic Class auto/passenger ferry, to serve passengers on the Mukilteo/Clinton route beginning in 2019. The christening ceremony was held at Vigor's Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle, where the new 144-car ferry has entered the final stages of construction and preparation ahead of sea trials starting in mid-2018. In addition to summer operations on the Mukilteo/Clinton route, the new ferry will also serve as a maintenance relief vessel in the winter, filling in when other vessels are out of service.

Bollinger Completes Conversions on Dive Support Vessels

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., has performed conversions and modifications to three separate dive support vessels for EPIC Divers & Marine. The first of the three conversions was completed on the 220-ft. x 45-ft x 21-ft dynamically positioned (DP) Class II Dive and ROV support vessel EPIC Diver at the Bollinger Algiers location. The EPIC Diver is one of the newest acquisitions to the EPIC fleet and will be their primary DP and ROV support vessel. While at Bollinger the vessel renewed her regulatory status and documentation, received DP system upgrades with the installation of the L3 Communications (Nautronix) NMS 6000 Duplex DP System, while taking on the new colors and name EPIC Diver. The vessel is ABS Certified, DPII, and SOLAS.

Incat Crowther Designs Third Catamaran for Offshore Unlimited

Incat Crowther is designing a 35m Catamaran Work Boat for Offshore Unlimited. The vessel will be the third vessel resulting from the three-way partnership between builder Richardson Devine Marine, Incat Crowther and the operator. The three partners have already developed the 24m Catamaran Unlimited in 2008 and the 28m Limitless in 2010. This third vessel will benefit from the experience gained by the operator, designer and builder from these earlier vessels. The vessel will be designed to carry 125t of deadweight…

Open Bids, More New Ferries for WSDOT

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division (WSF) took the next step in the process to build new ferries, opening bids this morning, October 8, on a contract to construct up to three new 64-car vessels. Todd Pacific Shipyards submitted the only bid. Bids were solicited for construction and delivery of two 64-car ferries with an optional third vessel. Todd’s proposed bid price for the first two vessels in the contract was $114m. The WSF engineer’s estimate is $109.9m. The timeline for vessel construction is approximately 20 months each for the first two vessels. The decision to exercise the option to add the construction of a third vessel will be made no later than May 31, 2011.

Bergesen Makes Preliminary LNG Agreement

Bergesen has entered into a preliminary agreement with the Algerian oil company Sonatrach for employment of one LNG-carrier for minimum 20 years from delivery. Sonatrach has an option to extend the agreement by maximum five years. The vessel is the third vessel in a series of seven large LNG-carriers ordered by Bergesen at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd, Korea. The vessel shall be delivered in third quarter 2004. Sonatrach will participate with an ownership share of 50 percent in the vessel with effect from delivery from the yard, but the vessel will be 100 percent financed by Bergesen. Final agreement with Sonatrach is expected to be concluded in the near future.

NorseMerchant Ferries Boosts Freight Capacity

NorseMerchant Ferries has responded to market demand for increased trailer capacity between North-West England and the Republic of Ireland by adding a third vessel to its Birkenhead - Dublin service. With a capacity of approximately 70 trailers, the newly-chartered Leili will provide over 400 additional spaces per week in each direction on this route when she enters service in October. A sister vessel to NorseMerchant's Varbola, currently operating on the Heysham - Belfast route, Leili can also carry 12 driver accompanied units. Sailing from Birkenhead at 03.00hrs, Leili will arrive in Dublin at 11.00hrs, enabling same day delivery. The return sailing from Dublin at 15.00hrs will arrive in Birkenhead at 23.00hrs, allowing next day deliveries throughout the UK.

Second CTruck Catamaran for Offshore Turbine Services Named

'Captain P': Photo credit CTruck

The vessel for deployment at Lincs (UK) wind farm, has been named Captain P in Brightlingsea. With two CTruk vessels now operational, Offshore Turbine Services  inked the deal for a third before the second even hit the water, being thoroughly convinced of the design’s flexibility and fuel economies gained from its lightweight construction. CTruk technicians and staff joined the owners on board the 20T MPC, ‘Captain P’, for the traditional blessing and bottle smash, followed by a launch party at a local wine bar. Work has already started on the third vessel at CTruk’s Brightlingsea base.

Aker Philadelphia Begins Tanker Construction

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has commenced production on the third vessel in the ten-ship product tanker build program initiated in April 2005. Steel cutting for the ship, the seventh built by the yard since its opening nearly six years ago, was performed on one of the yard's two state-of-the-art plasma cutting machines. The third tanker vessel is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2007. The first steel plates cut for the ship will be used in construction of the engine room of the 46,000 deadweight ton (dwt) product tanker. Upon completion, the tankers will be owned by American Shipping Corporation, a subsidiary of Aker American Shipping, and bareboat chartered to Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc (OSG).

TOP Tankers Takes Third Vessel

TOP Tankers Inc., took delivery of M/T Invincible, a 47,084 Dwt, ice-classed, double-hull Handymax tanker, built in 1992 by Halla Engineering & Heavy Industries Limited of the Republic of Korea. The delivery of the M/T Invincible represents the third of 10 double-hull tankers the company expects to acquire from its current owners from the proceeds of its initial public offering announced on July 23, 2004. This third delivery increases the size of the fleet to 10 tankers, consisting of 2 Suezmax tankers, 5 Handymax tankers, and 3 Handysize tankers. TOP Tankers Inc. is an international provider of worldwide seaborne crude oil and petroleum products transportation services.

Grandweld Delivers Aluminum Crew Boat

Grandweld Shipyards delievered “Zamil 101” the first of three fast aluminum crew boats to Zamil Offshore. The vessel was part of a contract, which was signed in November 2011, to build and deliver three sister crew boats. The 33.5m fast crew boat is powered by 3 high speed diesel engines driving 3 fixed pitch propellers to produce a speed of 27 Knots. The vessel is designed and built according to the classification rules and requirements of Bureau Veritas for Aluminum vessels. The vessel will be utilized to transport offshore personnel and cargo, and will be operating offshore Saudi Arabia.

Bahri Drybulk Receives New 82,000 DWT Ship

Bulk carrier: File photo CCL

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) subsidiary Bahri Dry Bulk (owned 60% by Bahri and 40% by Arasco) has taken delivery of the vessel 'Bahri Bulk' from shipbuilders in Japan. Bahri inform that this is the third vessel delivered from the 5 vessels that were contracted from leading Japanese shipyards in 2012. The financial impact of the delivered vessel will materialize during the first quarter of 2014G. They explain that these vessels have a capacity of 82,000 dwt and length of 229 meters, consumes less fuel and are considered to be eco-friendly.

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